The Crosman Nitro Venom .177 air rifle is an easy to use, highly accurate, extremely powerful air rifle. It comes stock with a 3-9×32 CenterPoint scope, making it easy for shooting both at close and long ranges. It’s an extremely quiet gun, averaging 70% lower sound levels than other breakbarrels.
While you can spend $500+ for a superior air rifle, chances are most of the extra features you’d get, you won’t need anyway. For around $150, the Nitro Venom is a fantastic bread and butter air rifle. It’s accurate enough at most distances to hit just about anything you need. It’s got enough power to kill most pests and small game in a single shot. It’s well built and easy to use. What more could you want?
Here’s everything you need to know about the Crosman Nitro Venom .177.
- The Nitro Venom isn’t a flashy gun. It’s just a very solid, very powerful, very accurate fundamentally sound air rifle that does everything you could ask of it. Here are some of the prime features of the Nitro Venom.
- Near zero recoil. If you miss the first shot, you don’t have to expend energy lining up your shot again. The gun will barely move.
- Smooth cocking. Cocking the gun is very easy and doesn’t take excessive force.No spring torque and no spring fatigue.
- You can leave the gun cocked for several hours without it losing force.Functions well in extreme weather. Works just as well in the Texas sun as the Alaskan snow.
- Extremely quiet. Crosman boasts that the Nitro Venom is 70% quieter than other guns of its class.
- Highly accurate stock scope for shooting long distances. Easy to change out for other scopes if you so choose.
When it comes to power, the Nitro Venom is no slouch. It packs a whopping 1,200 fps with alloy pellets.
These pellets are powerful enough to punch straight through a half inch plank of wood. It’s powerful enough that it can punch straight through a rabbit or a squirrel, then punch through whatever’s behind it.
It’s definitely powerful enough to be a “one shot kill” gun for small game and pests. It’s powerful enough that you want to be careful of your surroundings when you shoot, as pellets can still have a lot of kick when it comes out the other side of a critter.
Bullets are very quiet and stealthy, so you don’t risk scaring away game. Note that because of the gun’s power, you do have to be aware of the sound barrier. If you break the sound barrier, the bullets will be much louder. The sound barrier is usually around 1,100 fps and can be broken if you’re using heavier pellets.
The Nitro Venom is very accurate, even at long distances. Many reviewers and hunters report regularly hitting quarter sized targets or hitting small game in the head even at 90 feet.
For best results, use an aerodynamic alloy pellet. These pellets carry enough weight to carry it forward, while the aerodynamic design allows the bullet to slice through the air with minimal course deviance.
Note that while the Nitro Venom is extremely accurate once broken in, you do need to fire about 200 warmup shots before the rifle really gears up to maximum accuracy. Once the gun is broken in however, its accuracy is unparalleled.
The wood stock model weighs just enough to feel sturdy, but not so much that it’s hefty to lug around. The rifle is built strongly and none of the parts feel loose.
Avoid the plastic stock model, which some people report is slightly weaker than the wood build.
Sights and Optics
The rifle comes with a 3-9×32 CenterPoint Scope. This scope is fantastic as far as stock scopes go. It’s accurate up to as much as 100 feet.
There are no open sights on the gun. You can easily replace the scope if you so choose, though most people find that the built-in scope is more than accurate enough.
The Nitro Venom is 46.25 inch long and weighs 6.6 lbs.
The Nitro Venom comes with a 3-9×32 CenterPoint Scope.
The reviews for the gun are overwhelmingly positive. On Amazon, it sports a respectable 4.5 star overall rating. The two things reviewers remark on most frequently are the gun’s accuracy and the gun’s power.
There are plenty of reviews from people who’ve accurately shot 30 or 40 yards using the Nitro Venom. They’ve shot targets, shot planks or shot game with surprising accuracy. Some have even hit dimes or pennies from as far as 90 feet.
The power of the gun also surprises many reviewers. Reviewers regularly find the gun punching through metals, wood or animal skull like butter. Reviewers agree that when compared to other air rifles in its class, the Nitro Venom’s power wins hands down.
Pros and Cons
Pros: The gun is very easy to use and very power and accurate. It has virtually no recoil, making repeat fire easy. It comes with a fantastic stock scope and works in all kinds of temperatures. It’s quiet and doesn’t scare away animals while still powerful enough to take most animals down with a single hit. It doesn’t have fancy bells and whistles, instead it’s simply a rock solid, hard hitting air rifle that gets the job done.
Cons: The first 200 shots or so won’t be very accurate. The gun has a break-in period of about 200 shots, so you do need to spend a little bit of time with it before it’s truly ready to perform. Also, some report that the scope gets a little fuzzy at 9x zoom, but works perfectly by just tuning it back to 8.5x. Apart from these very small annoyances, this gun is very nearly perfect.
Around $150, depending on the caliber and options you choose.